A Digital Fabrication Laboratory for the Classroom

Fab@School – A Digital Fabrication Laboratory for the Classroom

Tea and Technology – Thursday (Mar 4) at 11:00 a.m.

Curry Library Innovation Commons (CLIC) – 3rd Floor Ruffner Hall

A presentation by Hod Lipson at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 4th will introduce a joint initiative by the Curry School of Education with the Cornell College of Engineering. The Fab@School laboratory will adapt a low-cost open-source digital fabrication system (http://fabathome.org) developed in the Cornell College of Engineering and modify it for school use. The Fab@School laboratory will empower elementary students to invent simple machines and usable products and will make digital fabrication practical and scalable in elementary and middle school classrooms for the first time.

Hod directs the Computational Synthesis Laboratory at Cornell, which developed the open source 3D fabrication system that will be employed in the Fab@School project through its research program in automated design and manufacturing for autonomous robotics. Lipson is currently lead Principal Investigator on a number of federally funded projects, including NSF CAREER award for fault tolerant systems, NSF CDI program on Cyber driven discovery and Innovation, and a DARPA funded project on programmable matter. He is a recipient of a number of awards, including eight best paper awards, NSF CAREER award and DARPA Young Faculty Award.

Afterward, at noon, Kendall Starkweather, executive director of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) will announce the opening of the Children’s Engineering Center in the CLIC.

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